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Lloyd Outlasts Rain To Tie With Season Best Finish

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Lloyd Outlasts Rain To Tie With Season Best Finish

Posted on 14 August 2011 by Press Release

Alex Lloyd outlasted tough track conditions and much on-track contact today as he drove the #19 Boy Scouts of America car to a 13th place finish at Sunday’s MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225. Even with rain dropping constantly throughout the race to make the track slick, and six caution periods, Lloyd was able to finish in a position that ties with his season best finish from Iowa.

During Saturday’s practice session, both Dale Coyne Racing drivers held constant top-ten positions. Lloyd ran as high as 4th, while rookie James Jakes, driver of the #18 Acorn Stairlifts car, was running as high as 3rd position during the session. However, qualifying results left Lloyd starting the race in 14th and Jakes starting 20th.

Due to weather conditions, Sunday’s race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway started early in hopes of avoiding the forecasted rain. After two early caution periods as a result of contact between cars, officials brought out the yellow caution flag for moisture on the 75th lap. The field ran under yellow for 32 laps before the green flag was waved again. Following two more cautions due to contact, the track went yellow once more for moisture on lap 206, before a bizarre ending with a red flag on lap 219 and scoring reverting back to lap 215 before the last incident which relegated Lloyd from 10th back to his final 13th placing. Neither Lloyd nor rookie James Jakes got caught up in any of the contact.

“It was great to be back on the track,” said Lloyd. “The race definitely gave the fans a good show, and I have to thank my spotter for all the help on the restarts because we almost got caught up in all that action! We had a very good car this weekend, and it’s a shame that we couldn’t race the full 225 laps and finish under green, but again, glad I was able to represent the Boy Scouts of America in the #19 car and finish out the race.”

Jakes had one of his most promising weekends of his rookie season with the IZOD IndyCar Series. After a great weekend of practice, his race ended early on lap 176 as the #18 car suffered its first gearbox failure in three years. Jakes was running 14th when he had to come in, and ultimately would be classified 18th out of the 27 car field.

“Even though the #18 Acorn Stairlifts car didn’t finish today, it was a very positive weekend for us,” Jakes said. “We had a great pace during the race. I’m very confident we would have finished in the top-ten if we could have run the whole time. Thanks to all the guys on the team for all of their hard work… You’re going to see it pay off at Infineon!”

Join us in two weeks as the IZOD IndyCar Series heads next to Infineon Raceway for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. The race will air live on VERSUS on Sunday, August 28 at 4PM ET.

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Thirteen Proves Lucky For Lloyd In Iowa

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Thirteen Proves Lucky For Lloyd In Iowa

Posted on 25 June 2011 by Press Release

Alex Lloyd, driver of the #19 Boy Scouts of America car, showed off his driving skills as the 26-year-old improved nine positions to finish thirteenth in the fifth running of the Iowa Corn 250 on the 1-mile Iowa Speedway oval Saturday night.

Lloyd, who started the race 22nd, gained the third most positions and completed all 250 laps. He was consistently running in the top 10 during the practice session on Friday afternoon.

“The #19 Boy Scouts of America car had a great run tonight,” Lloyd said. “The team did another fantastic job giving me the best car possible.”

Lloyd will be back behind the wheel of the #19 Boy Scouts of America car in Loudon, NH on August 7th. Four-time Champ Car Series Champion Sebastien Bourdais will once again take over the duties of driving the BSA car for the next three road/street course races at Toronto, Edmonton and Mid-Ohio.

Making his third oval track start of the season, Dale Coyne Racing rookie driver James Jakes (#18 Acorn Stairlifts) finished 25th. After a promising last practice session last night, Jakes came out ready to conquer the Iowa Speedway. However, on lap 24, Jakes crashed hard into the wall in turn two after Charlie Kimball cut down in front of Jakes, causing him to lose traction on the cold track surface.

“We had difficult conditions out there tonight,” Jakes said. “It was so cold and difficult to pass. Everyone was trying to get low because that is where the grip seemed to be. It is unfortunate because the #18 Acorn Stairlifts car was quick here.”

Jakes’ streak of five consecutive races running at the end of race came to an end in Iowa. “These things are bound to happen,” Jakes commented. “Hopefully we can build another streak starting in Toronto.”

The IZOD IndyCar Series takes a week off before heading north of border for the running of the Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday, July 10. The race can be seen live on VERSUS starting at 2 p.m. (EDT).

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INDYCAR Partners With Boy Scouts

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INDYCAR Partners With Boy Scouts

Posted on 06 June 2011 by Press Release

INDYCAR proudly announces today that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is now an official sponsor of the IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights. The BSA was introduced to motorsports in 2010 through an association with Dale Coyne Racing — an experience that convinced the 101-year-old organization that INDYCAR was an ideal partner with whom to align and to advance their youth leadership and education initiatives. The BSA expects to use the INDYCAR relationship to teach Scouts about the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) aspects of racing.

“Racing is a modern way to connect with youth and to further Scouting’s dedication to expanding tomorrow’s leaders through STEM,” said Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive of the BSA. “INDYCAR adds fun and entertainment to these educational exercises, providing a cool way to get kids excited about learning. We are thrilled about this relationship and the opportunities it gives our young people.”

The BSA will continue to enjoy the opportunity to market its brand to INDYCAR’s television audience and at its live races via the red, white, and blue Boy Scouts of America-branded No. 19 car of Dale Coyne Racing. Also, Scouts will be able to visit the Dale Coyne Racing paddock to talk to engineers and see the team at work firsthand. Discounted tickets will be available at numerous races across the country, and promotional elements such as Scout Alley will be activated to entertain the young men as they become fans of INDYCAR and exposed to behind-the-scenes aspects of the motorsports industry.

“One of INDYCAR’s goals is to grow its audience and establish the next generation of fans,” said Randy Bernard, INDYCAR CEO. “This relationship with the Boy Scouts of America allows us to engage new and younger demographic sectors and create a more family friendly environment, serving our youth initiatives through its grassroots campaigns.”

With 2.7 million youth members, more than one million adult volunteers, and nearly 50 million living alumni, there will be considerably more fans of the IZOD IndyCar Series through 2012 and beyond. The agreement between the Boy Scouts of America and INDYCAR is in place until December 2012.

IZOD IndyCar Series driver Alex Lloyd raced the Boys Scouts of America-branded car through the entire 2010 schedule, culminating in rookie of the year honors. For 2011, Alex joins Sebastien Bourdais in the team’s No. 19 car. Alex drives on the ovals, while Sebastien navigates the road and street courses.

About Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America prepares young people for life by providing the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21, and more than a million volunteers, in nearly 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.

About INDYCAR
INDYCAR is the governing body of the IZOD IndyCar Series, the premier open-wheel racing series in the United States, and Firestone Indy Lights, which serves as an essential stepping stone for drivers and teams striving to reach the IZOD IndyCar Series and the Mazda Road to Indy, a development ladder system for career-minded drivers who wish to compete in the IZOD IndyCar Series. INDYCAR events are available to a worldwide audience through a variety of multimedia platforms, highlighted by long-term and broad-reaching partnerships with ABC and VERSUS. INDYCAR is continually at the forefront of motorsports innovation with drivers, teams, and tracks benefiting from major safety and technological improvements such as the SAFER Barrier, SWEMS wheel tethers, chassis enhancements, ethanol fuel, and the Holmatro Safety Team.

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Dale And Gail Coyne Bestowed Boy Scouts Of America Highest Honor

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Dale And Gail Coyne Bestowed Boy Scouts Of America Highest Honor

Posted on 29 May 2011 by Press Release

At the annual Boy Scouts of America 2011 National Council Recognition Dinner held Friday night in San Diego, Dale & Gail Coyne, owners of Dale Coyne Racing, became the first couple since Ronald and Nancy Reagan to receive the prestigious “Silver Buffalo” award, the Boy’s Scouts of America highest commendation.

The Coyne’s received the “Silver Buffalo” award for their outstanding support of America’s youth through their generous contribution and engagement of Scouts and Leaders across America. Past recipients include: President Teddy Roosevelt, Bob Hope, President George Bush, Sr., President Bill Clinton and last year’s recipient Bill Gates.

The #19 Boy Scouts of America IndyCar, which has raced the past two years in the IZOD IndyCar Series, has brought thousands of youth firsthand experience into the science, technology, engineering and math aspects of this exciting and relevant field.

“I cannot begin to state the impact that Gail and Dale Coyne’s IndyCar Series program has had on our nearly 4 million members,” commented Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca. “We are thrilled to have their generous support, and I am honored to know them personally. I cannot think of more deserving winners of the Silver Buffalo Award for all they have done and continue to do for the Boy Scouts of America.”

The Boy Scouts of America, the world’s largest youth organization in the world, celebrated their 100th anniversary in 2010. The #19 Boy Scouts of America car finished an impressive fourth-place in the 2010 Indianapolis 500 and look to improve upon that in this year’s race. The Coyne’s have brought an exciting new focus to area scouts in each of the 17 racing venues the IZOD IndyCar Series participates in throughout North America.

“We are both humbled and honored to be receiving this award,” commented Dale Coyne. “It is the Boy Scouts of America that drive us and it is truly them, and their families that deserve this award for all that they are doing to build the future of this great country.”

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 20, 1.1 million volunteers, and nearly 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.

About Dale Coyne Racing
For more than 27 years Dale Coyne Racing has competed in Indy car racing. The team enjoyed a successful 2009 IndyCar Series season with a win at Watkins Glen, and finished 9th in the IndyCar Series championship. Please visit www.dalecoyneracing.com for more information about the Boy Scouts of America #19 IndyCar.

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Lloyd Saves the Best for Last

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Lloyd Saves the Best for Last

Posted on 23 May 2011 by Press Release

Last time Alex Lloyd left the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, his emotions were running high after a fourth-place finish in the 2010 Indianapolis 500. A year later, Lloyd left the track on the same emotional high after two long and trying days of qualifying, that resulted in a last minute qualifying attempt that put his #19 Boy Scouts of America car into the 33-car field for the 95th running of the Indianapolis 500 next Sunday afternoon.

“When I saw the crew guys faces pulling up in pit lane it was such a great feeling to see not only how important this was to me, but the entire #19 Boy Scouts of America team and their families,” Lloyd said. “It was a better feeling than finishing in fourth place last year.”

Less than fifteen minutes into qualifying on Sunday, a huge thunderstorm put the entire process on hold. When Lloyd finally got on the track, nearly two hours later, he qualified his #19 Boy Scouts of America car into the field, but his time didn’t hold up and he was soon sitting on the bubble when the second rain delay on the day hit. The first car out after the second delay was Danica Patrick, who immediately bumped Lloyd from the field.

Lloyd soon went out for his second attempt on the day, but it was not quite fast enough to get him back into the field, and was waved off by team owner Dale Coyne.

With minutes remaining and one attempt left, Lloyd shocked everyone by posting an average lap speed of 223.957 MPH, which temporarily bumped Marco Andretti out of the 33-car field and put Lloyd on the outside of row 10. Andretti was the last car to qualify and his last attempt knocked Lloyd starting position to the inside of row 11.

“We came back out after the rain with a completely different setup and only did 222.700 mph., so we waved off the run because I almost hit the wall,” said Lloyd. “We didn’t have much time to do much to the car other than a couple tire pressure adjustments. On my final warm-up lap I didn’t have any grip on the tires and had to lift going into turn three. I thought there was no way we could do it and then I saw my time and said maybe we might have a shot at this. At that point I was holding it flat or putting it into the wall. I told myself there is not going to be a lift. It was all or nothing, but that is what Indy is all about. “

James Jakes, driver of the #18 Acorn Stairlifts car, may have not qualified for this year’s Indianapolis 500, but the rookie driver did show everyone that he will be a force to be reckoned with in the future. Jakes, who has only raced in four IZOD IndyCar Series races in his young career, was making his inaugural oval track debut on what might be the toughest oval to drive in the world.

“We knew how tough the field was going to be here this year,” said team owner Coyne. “I can’t say enough good things about James. He did a fantastic job considering he has never driven on any oval in any kind of car in his entire life, he can walk away from here holding his head up with great pride.”

The 95th running of the Indianapolis 500 will be on Sunday, May 29 and can be seen live on ABC-TV starting at 11 a.m. (EDT).

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Boy Scouts of America Dreams Come True at Indy 500

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Boy Scouts of America Dreams Come True at Indy 500

Posted on 30 May 2010 by admin

Every young boy–and every young Scout–dreams of great things in life. Driver Alex Lloyd accomplished one of his dreams today at the Indianapolis 500. Starting at a distant 26th position, Lloyd and the Dale Coyne Racing team did everything right to steadily rise through the field to finish fourth at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing—The Indianapolis 500. This marks the highest finish for Dale Coyne Racing.

“It was amazing to me, as they just told to me who to go after and when, and it all worked,” Lloyd said. “I knew we were tight on fuel, and we just picked the right times to push and the right times to conserve. The car was great, and I cannot thank Dale and Gail Coyne and the entire Boy Scout family enough for this great opportunity.”

Representing the nearly 3 million current members of the Scouting family and more than 50 million living alumni, Lloyd did not disappoint fans on this hot Memorial Day weekend afternoon. The No. 19 Boy Scouts of America car had a great last pit stop, and the team knew that a combination of strategy, fuel management, and a talented driver could get the job done.

“If you love racing and you love Scouting, this day just couldn’t get much better,” commented Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca, who attended today’s race. “The Coyne Racing team continues to be a part of making this 100th Anniversary so special. The BSA cannot thank Dale and Gail Coyne enough for their commitment to Scouting.”

“I am so very proud of Alex and everyone on this team for continuing our journey and this great finish of fourth at the Indy 500,” said team owner Dale Coyne. “It was a long day, but a patient day, and that paid off beyond our expectations. Thank you to all that have supported us.”

The immediate results after the race showed Alex in third. Alex had passed Marco Andretti’s #26 on the front straight for third as the car was obviously running out of fuel. The officials reviewed the data and determined that Marco had maintained an average speed strong enough to merit keeping his previous third spot, thus relegating Alex back to fourth in the official standings.

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 20, 1.1 million volunteers, and nearly 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit http://www.scouting.org/.

More information about 100 Years of Scouting can be found at www.scouting.org/100years.

About Dale Coyne Racing
For more than 27 years Dale Coyne Racing has competed in Indy car racing. The team enjoyed a successful 2009 IndyCar Series season with a win at Watkins Glen, and finished 9th in the IndyCar Series championship. Please visit http://www.dalecoyneracing.com/www.dalecoyneracing.com for more information about the Boy Scouts of America #19 IndyCar.

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Alex Lloyd Grand Prix of Long Beach Race Report

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Alex Lloyd Grand Prix of Long Beach Race Report

Posted on 19 April 2010 by admin

Alex Lloyd finally got his trip to the Beach for one of Indy Car’s signature races, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Alex Lloyd driving the #19 BSA car has won numerous times on the Indy Lights series in 2007 but has never run on the streets of Long Beach before.

“It certainly is challenging coming to a new street circuit like this when most of the other drivers have had years of experience here,” commented Alex. “We were pleased with the progress we made over the weekend and feel we learned a lot which will help us when we get back on the street circuits this summer.”

Alex would start the race from row 11 along side Graham Rahal. Alex won the battle to the first turn and would end up improving as the race went on. Late in the race the leaders had finally caught Alex, but the talented Brit was running very strong lap times and they would find it difficult to put the #19 car a lap down. Ryan finally was able to squeeze by and eventual second place finisher Justin Wilson would also try an aggressive move to get by.

Justin was almost up to Alex’s rear wheel at turn in. Justin’s front wing got into Alex’s right rear tire causing an immediate flat tire. Alex was forced to limp back to the pits costing him valuable positions to get new tires and fuel.

Relegated back Alex would soldier on with good lap times, closing on Formula 1 veteran Takumo Sato, before the checkered would come out and reward the Boy Scout car with 19th place.

The Boy Scouts of America Indy Car contingent had a great weekend of events at Long Beach. The local Long Beach Council had Bay Street closed off for Scout Alley. Show cars, displays, Pinewood Derbies, and Soap Box derbies were the highlight.

Of interesting note Alex beat team owner Dale Coyne by .2 seconds in the Soap Box derby on Friday evening. Of more interest is that Alex’s wife Samantha beat Alex by a similar margin.

The team now prepares for the beginning of the seasons oval swing of races. First up will be the 1.5 mile high bank oval of Kansas in two weeks time, followed by the famed month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 20, 1.1 million volunteers, and nearly 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.

More information about 100 Years of Scouting can be found at www.scouting.org/100years.

About Dale Coyne Racing
For more than 27 years Dale Coyne Racing has competed in Indy car racing. The team enjoyed a successful 2009 IndyCar Series season with a win at Watkins Glen, and finished 9th in the IndyCar Series championship. Please visit www.dalecoyneracing.com for more information about the Boy Scouts of America #19 IndyCar.

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Alex Lloyd Inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Race Report

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Alex Lloyd Inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Race Report

Posted on 12 April 2010 by admin

The Boy Scouts of America #19 IndyCar made its first trip to the beautiful Barber Motorsports Park Road Course circuit 20 miles east of downtown Birmingham.

Alex Lloyd driving the #19 BSA car ran as high as 6th place in today’s race. After qualifying 16th on Saturday of this three day weekend event, Alex and the Dale Coyne Racing team would try to go for a two stop race and was rewarded with moving up on the split strategy to run in the top-10.

The team would need some good luck with yellows to make it all happen right, but the plans got changed on lap 68 when Danica Patrick made contact with Alex under braking going into turn 5.

“I had some understeer in the car and I think Danica got a good run off of turn 3,” Reported Lloyd. “She was not past me, but enough on me that we got together in turn 5 and I spun off track.”

The mishap would hurt Alex’s track position. This coupled with a need for a splash of fuel with just three laps to go, would relegate the talented Brit to 23rd.

“We were happy to run all day and work to get into the top-10,” explained the personable Lloyd. “The end result did not show how competitive we could have been.”

The Dale Coyne Racing Boy Scouts of America effort was supported locally by the Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America. A special invitation dinner on Friday night featured several of the local supporters and officials of the Boy Scouts of America.

“It’s great to see the local support and enthusiasm for this program as evidenced here in Alabama,” reported team owner Dale Coyne. “Everyone in this area is excited about Indy Cars racing here and we look forward to a long and welcomed return for years to come.”

This race represents the Inaugural event of a three year contract with local developer George Barber. “This track has a great park like setting for showcasing our racing,” said Coyne. “It feels like the Road America of the South in a modern theme.”

The team will stay at the track in Birmingham to prepare the cars for a cross country trek to Long Beach, California, where they will race next Friday thru Sunday.

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 20, 1.1 million volunteers, and nearly 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit http://www.scouting.org/.

More information about 100 Years of Scouting can be found at www.scouting.org/100years.

About Dale Coyne Racing
For more than 27 years Dale Coyne Racing has competed in Indy car racing. The team enjoyed a successful 2009 IndyCar Series season with a win at Watkins Glen, and finished 9th in the IndyCar Series championship. Please visit www.dalecoyneracing.com for more information about the Boy Scouts of America #19 IndyCar.

Source: Dale Coyne Racing Press Release

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Boy Scouts of America U.S. Indy Car Launch

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Boy Scouts of America U.S. Indy Car Launch

Posted on 25 March 2010 by admin

With the IZOD Indy Car® Series returning from Brazil for the first domestic race of the season, Dale Coyne Racing and the Boy Scouts of America begin their year long trail of engagement with America’s youth.

This weekend, March 26- 28, the Boy Scouts of America #19 Indy Car will debut on American soil at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

“This marks the beginning of an exciting series of planned activities both on and off the track for our nearly 3 million Scouts,” commented Chief Scouting Executive Robert Mazzuca. “It’s great to see the local councils get involved with this exciting and technologically advanced marketing venture for the Boy Scouts of America.”

Local councils in the St. Petersburg area will be involved in track activities and a special event on Friday night. Local Cub Scouts will be treated to a night at the Great Explorations Children’s Museum in St. Petersburg. On hand will be a Boy Scout show car for the Scouts to experience sitting in the cockpit of a real race car while having their photos taken.

Alex Lloyd, the driver of the BSA #19 IndyCar, will be on hand to sign autographs and answer questions about racing, driving and how he went from being a Scout to a current day Indy Car driver. Team owner Dale Coyne will also be on hand to answer questions while sharing the importance of team work in this high tech world of IndyCar racing.

The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg marks the second event of this season’s 17-race schedule. The team competed in the streets of São Paulo, Brazil two weeks ago, where a rain filled race event took its toll on many competitors.

Efforts now turn to the American swing of road course events. This event, where Dale Coyne Racing finished 3rd last year, along with races in Birmingham, Alabama and Long Beach, California kick off the early season. Following these venues is an oval race in Kansas and the famed Indianapolis 500.

Watch Alex Lloyd in the Boy Scouts of America #19 IndyCar during this weekend’s Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on ABC. LIVE broadcast begins at 3:30 P.M. Eastern Time on Sunday, March 28th.

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 20, 1.1 million volunteers, and nearly 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.

More information about 100 Years of Scouting can be found at www.scouting.org/100years.

About Dale Coyne Racing
For more than 27 years Dale Coyne Racing has competed in Indy car racing. The team enjoyed a successful 2009 IndyCar Series season with a win at Watkins Glen, and finished 9th in the IndyCar Series championship. Please visit www.dalecoyneracing.com for more information about the Boy Scouts of America #19 IndyCar.

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Alex Lloyd Begins His Boy Scout Rookie Year

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Alex Lloyd Begins His Boy Scout Rookie Year

Posted on 15 March 2010 by admin

The Boy Scouts of America #19 Indy Car began the season with a race that saw 5 different yellow flags, rain and even a rare red flag before the timed race would see checkered flags.

Alex Lloyd driving the #19 Boy Scouts of America car had an eventful day. After starting 15th in his road course rookie debut, rain would be the story of the rest of day for Alex. Rain started on lap 26 and the buildings around the circuit caused for very poor radio communications. Many pitted on lap 29 for the grooved rain tires. Alex would remain out for one more lap. The increasing rains and worsening track conditions created treacherous conditions especially in the slippery turn 10. A quick spin and slight contact with the wall would end the day for the Boy Scouts car.

“I am very grateful the opportunity that the Coyne’s and the Boy Scouts of America have given me,” commented Lloyd. “This was our first race together and to come to a new track with such low grip and all the complications of conditions, unfortunately caught us out here today. We look forward to moving to a track I know in St. Petersburg in two weeks time.”

Alex made steady improvements in each session of the weekend. He would qualify 15th for the start of Sao Paulo Grand Prix 300.

Qualifying was originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon. After the early two practice sessions had seen several accidents, spins and impossible traction conditions, officials decided to move qualifying to Sunday morning before the race to facilitate over night track modifications.

During Saturday night, grinders were brought in to too scarify the start/finish straight. Previously it was concrete, but concrete that was ground and polished smooth for the annual Carnival Parade. The surfaces was smooth as glass which is good for dancing, but not good for creating the friction needed to give the tires their needed grip to safely accelerate.

The repairs were excellent and cars were able to improve their times and safety levels in Sundays qualifying just 3 hours before the race.

“This is the beginning of exciting program in 2010 and we are all pleased with the potential that we have experience in the 2 short weeks we’ve been together Alex,” reported Team Owner Dale Coyne. “Our goals is to methodically work on this season with more testing and steadily improve our performance, this weekend has been a good start down that road.”

The teams now pack up their gear to be loaded into two 747’s cargo jets and shipped back to the States in preparation for the second race of the season in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 28th.

About Dale Coyne Racing
For more than 27 years Dale Coyne Racing has competed in Indy car racing. The team enjoyed a successful 2009 IndyCar Series season with a win at Watkins Glen, and finished 9th in the IndyCar Series championship. Please visit www.dalecoyneracing.com for more information about the Boy Scouts of America #19 IndyCar.

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